Fact Sheet

Bata Library Revitalization: Creating the Library of the Future

A woman sitting on the steps of the Bata library overlooking the Otonabee river on an overcast summer's day


Trent University’s iconic Bata Library is set to undergo an amazing revitalization and transformation. Starting this spring, and fueled by recent funding, the library will undergo an $18 million transformation into a library of the future – and home to the new Bata Research and Innovation Cluster. The transformation will be carried out in a way that maintains and enhances a historically-significant building designed by one of Canada’s most renowned architects, Ron Thom. 

The revitalized library will also use design elements that will achieve sustainability and environmental goals of both Trent and the Government.

Funding Breakdown

$7 million in funding from the federal government
$1.1 million in funding from the province
$7.9 million in University contributions
$2 million to be raised in a fundraising campaign
Note: $1 million already raised thanks to a philanthropic donation in 2015 from longtime supporters of Trent University, David and Joan Moore
Remainder will be financed by the University


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